Changing Lives. Changing the World.


Embracing the example of Jesus, we welcome you here with hearts
that know no boundaries of age, race, gender, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, ability, or economic circumstance. 

Church is not cancelled!

As Christ followers we care for one another, our communities, and the world. While we are staying home and staying safe, we are continuing to worship, connect, and care online. Our Sunday worship services are live streamed and archived. Existing Journey Groups (adult small groups) are continuing to meet and new ones are forming. Youth and Young Adults are meeting online and faith formation resources are being provided for children and families. In addition, Amplify Media is now available, providing members and friends access to digital faith formation resources for all ages.

Livestream Service Times

Worship in the Sanctuary – 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Worship in the Christian Life Center – 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Berkley First Worship – 10:00 Sunday

Effective Sunday, November 22, 2020, our weekly worship services across our campuses will available online only by livestream through the end of January in order that we might do our part to help bring down the spread of this virus that continues to impact our lives in so many significant ways.

Read Pastor Elbert’s full announcement here. 

Join us this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. for informal conversation and fellowship! Say hello to friends from church. Meet others with whom you share faith. Build community.

On ZoomClick Here at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (Meeting ID: 811 4446 7807, Passcode: 012440).

By telephone – 312-626-6799 or 929-205-6099 and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode.

We invite you to participate in our small groups that are meeting online. 

You can now submit prayer requests online. We also offer many devotion resources.

We provide parent resources, Sunday School, and Preschool to 5th-grade worship.

Do you need help? Are you available to help? Let us know how you would like to help.

What's New

Food/Supply Drive: January 17-24

Now that the holidays are over, everyone has forgotten the organizations that received lots of donations in December. But not Hunger and Missions! We are joining together again to do a food/supply drive for local organizations. This congregation provided great support last year, and the needs have never been greater. January 17-24 Please drop the...
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Empty Bowls Annual Event

The Birmingham First Empty Bowls annual event, renamed Empty Bowls, Empty Seats, will support local restaurants as well as local food banks. This year’s event will be held on Ash Wednesday, February 17. In the past, local restaurants have donated soup that was then served to attendees at the church. Since restaurants are struggling financially...
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Blood Drive

Spread love and donate blood. We are continuing to be the church and hosting another community blood drive, Wednesday, February 10, 12:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the CLC. If you donated in the December drive at our church you are eligible to donate again. Antibody testing will be done on all successful donations. CDC safety...
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Small Group Leader Training

If you are interested in leading, teaching, or facilitating a small group, Journey Group, or a Bible study, join Pastor Rachael for the leader training class. There is no cost. She will provide you with training supplies to help get you started. Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Email your RSVP to Rachael by...
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Virtual Coffee Hour

Virtual Coffee Hour Returns! Join us this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. for informal conversation and fellowship! Say hello to friends from church. Meet others with whom you share faith. Build community. Join us for a virtual coffee hour on Zoom!  Click Here at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (Meeting ID: 811 4446 7807, Passcode: 012440). To join by...
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Student Volunteer Opportunity – MLK Day

Looking for a high school/Middle School student volunteer opportunity? Join the Student Ministry Team for a morning of mission work. We will be gathering at the church from 10 am-12 pm to make care packages and will have hot cocoa outside around fire pits for fellowship. All students are required to wear a mask and...
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Angels Abound with Angel Tree

Under the direction of our Angel Tree coordinator, Liz Rito,  498 angels received gifts this year! This is 150 more angels than last year. While in-person volunteers were limited due to the pandemic, there were 17 who helped prepare the gifts and food baskets for delivery and 50 volunteers help with deliveries. For 1.7 million...
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Beneficiary Designation – Simple and Impactful

A “beneficiary designation” is one of the easiest ways to make a legacy gift to Birmingham First. Typically, this can be done by simply completing a form that lists our church as the beneficiary or as one of several beneficiaries. Beneficiaries can be designated on bank accounts, insurance policies, retirement accounts, donor-advised funds, and other financial accounts. There are many advantages...
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Spreading Christmas Joy

30 Women from the Tuesday Morning Women’s Journey Group prepared Christmas stockings for 210 clients of Cass Community Social Services. The group started the tradition 12 years ago when Judy Harnish presented the opportunity. Practicing COVID social distancing guidelines, women signed up online to purchase items or send donations for the items in the stockings....
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